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Assam boy bags Tamil Nadu berth

Guwahati, May 26: The notion that excellence in sports and academics cannot go hand-in-hand was proved wrong once again; this time by a 15-year-old cricketer from the city who has scaled newer heights in his sport and cleared his Class X examinations with 97 per cent marks.

Aditya Barooah, a promising cricketer from here, who played for Tamil Nadu state under-16 team last season, has been selected to play in the Tamil Nadu first division cricket tournament this season.

He is the youngest player to be selected this season and will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Indian internationals Murali Vijay, Piyush Chawla, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, L. Balaji and others. The league is considered one of the most competitive tournaments in the country.

Aditya, son of city businessman Diganta Baruah and Purabi Baruah, had shifted to Chennai two years ago and has been undergoing intensive coaching and training under National Cricket Academy coach C.S. Suresh Kumar. He has also trained in the Chennai Super Kings academy and has represented the IPL team in the under-19 age group in different exposure tours abroad.

Studying in Santhom Higher Secondary School in Chennai, Aditya has done well in studies too. He passed his Class X examinations with 97 per cent marks this year.

Earlier, two city sportspersons had excelled in both studies and sports ó India under-19 cricketer Khanin Saikia and Indian Commonwealth Games lawn bowler Tanya Choudhury. Khanin had topped the Gauhati University BCom examinations while he was at the peak of his cricket career. Tanya had cleared her Class X examinations with flying colours when she was preparing for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Aditya Barooah will play for Indian Overseas Bank in the Tamil Nadu League.

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